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29. Friday. Had completed a drawing for map title for Mr Hart when
Joe came, with a letter from Boutcher, and the intelligence that Mrs
Richardson was dead:   of congestion of the brain.   The noon of Wednesday had
been her last.   [words crossed out]    		 Joe came to bid me to
the funeral, and at 2 1/2 I went.   Entering the room, where but six days ago
I had seen her, in to all appearance, in health and strength, and bidden her
good morrow as went; there I found assembled Mr Johns (hastily summoned
from Williamsburgh,) Mrs Holt and her husband, and some five or six others,
acquaintances.     The large unframed pictures were against the wall, the furni-
ture of the room a little disarranged, the tall shutters partially closed, and
athwart the hearth, where she was want to sit, on its support was the coffined
body.     We sit, and talk in subdued voice awhile, and I learnt the sad
detail of the event.     Richardson had been sick, she had worried herself about
it;   had risen early to procure somewhat for him; had lain down subsequently,
had complained of the bed; ere long a fit ensued, of duration, and violence.
Mrs Holt had been sent for,   she was not recognized   and at last, [word crossed out]
[word crossed out], she had recognized her husband, and so, quietly died. / More 
persons
arrive, and anon I with Mr Johns, grave enough both, find ourselves in the
adjoining room, and presently [word crossed out] Richardson came in. [words crossed 
out]
[line crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[line crossed out]
[words crossed out]. He moved about, shook hands very earnestly, and
said that he was the cause, that  twas her anxiety had produced the apoplexy.
The poor little spaniel lay on a tumbled bed, thrust in a corner, puzzled and
mournful I thought.   And the golden sunlight shone in on all.     I saw
her face in the coffin;    twas sadly changed, and a horrible hard blue,
with more horrible smell denoted the rapid progress of decomposition. / And
Page
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two: page one hundred and sixty-six
Description:Describes attending the funeral of Mrs. Richardson.
Date:1851-08-29
Subject:Boutcher, William; Dogs; Drawing; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Greatbatch, Joe; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Hart; Holt; Holt, Mrs.; Johns; Richardson; Richardson, Mrs.
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Two
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn's attempts to find drawing work among New York publishers, brief employment in an architectural office, visits to his soldier friend William Barth on Governors Island, boarding house living, drawing at actor Edwin Forrest's home at Fonthill Castle, and sailing and walking trips taken with friends.
Subject:Boardinghouses; Books and reading; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Military; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.